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Nur 473 primary health care nursing
Prepared by Suhail ALHumoud
Foundations of Community Health Nursing

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Chapter One 1 Opportunities and Challenges of
Community Health Nursing What is Community Health
Nursing

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  • Objectives
  • After completion the lecture the students
    enable to
  • Define community health and distinguish from
    public health
  • Explain the concept of the community
  • Describe three types of communities
  • Diagram the health continuum
  • Differentiate among the three levels of
    prevention
  • Analyze the six components of community health
    practice
  • Describe the eight characteristics of community
    health nursing


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To understands what is the community health
nursing
Nursing 473 primary health nursing lecture 1
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We should answer these questions
  • What are the goals of the community health
    nursing (CHN)
  • Who is the client of the CHN
  • What are the setting of the CHN
  • What are the salient role provided by CHN

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Introduction
  • The communities in which we live and work have a
    profound influence on our collective health and
    well-being. (Example both smoking and passive
    exposure to tobacco smoke are directly associated
    with serious negative health effects )
  • the health of a community is more than the sum of
    the health of its individual citizens.
  • Community health, as a field of practice, seeks
    to provide organizational structure, a broad set
    of resources, and the collaborative activities
    needed to accomplish the goal of an optimally
    healthy community.


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Introduction
  • In acute care, the health of an individual is the
    primary focus. Community health broadens that
    focus to concentrate on families, populations,
    and the community at large. The community becomes
    the recipient of service, and health becomes the
    product.
  • Although many believe that health and illness are
    individual issues, evidence indicates that they
    also are community issues. The spread of the HIV
    pandemic, nationally and internationally, is a
    dramatic and tragic case in point


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Introduction
  • Communities can influence the spread of disease,
    provide barriers to protect members from health
    hazards, organize ways to combat outbreaks of
    infectious disease, and promote practices that
    contribute to individual and collective health.
  • Many different professionals work in community
    health to form a complex team
  • The city planner designing
  • The social worker
  • The physician
  • And other


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Introduction
  • The professional nurse is an integral member of
    this team, a linchpin and a liaison between
    physicians, social workers, government officials,
    and law enforcement officers. Community health
    nurses work in every conceivable kind of
    community agency, from a state public health
    department to a community-based advocacy group.


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Introduction
  • Their duties range from examining infants in a
    well-baby clinic, or teaching elderly stroke
    victims in their homes, to carrying out
    epidemiologic research or engaging in health
    policy analysis and decision making.
  • Despite its breadth, however, community health
    nursing is a specialized practice. It combines
    all of the basic elements of professional
    clinical nursing with public health and community
    practice.


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Introduction
  • Community health and public health share many
    features.
  • Both are organized community efforts aimed at the
    promotion, protection, and preservation of the
    publics health.
  • Historically, as a field of practice, public
    health has been associated primarily with the
    efforts of official or government entitiesfor
    example, federal, state, or local tax supported
    health agencies that target the whole range of
    health issues.
  • In contrast, private health efforts, such as
    those of the American Lung Association or the
    American Cancer Society, work toward solving
    selected health problems.
  • The latter augments the former. Currently, public
    health practice encompasses both approaches and
    works collaboratively with all health agencies
    and efforts, public or private, that are
    concerned with the publics health.


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THE CONCEPT OF COMMUNITY
  • A community is a collection of people who share
    some important feature of their lives.
  • A collection of people who interact with one
    another and whose common interests or
    characteristics form the basis for a sense of
    unity or belonging.
  • It can be a society of people holding common
    rights and privileges (eg, citizens of a town),
  • sharing common interests (eg, a community of
    farmers),
  • living under the same laws and regulations (eg, a
    prison community).
  • The function of any community includes its
    members collective sense of belonging and their
    shared identity, values, norms, communication,
    and common interests and concerns


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Geographic Community
  • A community often is defined by its geographic
    boundaries and thus is called a geographic
    community. A city, town, or neighborhood is a
    geographic community.
  • (Consider the community of Gaza city)
  • In community health, it is useful to identify a
    geographic area as a community
  • a community demarcated by geographic boundries,
    such as city or county, become clear target for
    analysis health needs
  • Available data, morbidity mortality and
    population density can augment assessment studies
    to form the basis for planning health programs


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Geographic Community
  • media campaigns and other health education
    efforts can readily intended audiences. Example
  • Distribution educational information on the
    danger of smoking, importance's of breast
    feeding, risk factor for diabetes and
    hypertension and the danger of substance abuse
  • a geographic community is easily mobilized for
    action. Groups can be formed to carry out
    intervention and prevention efforts that address
    needs specific to that community


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Common-Interest Community
A community also can be identified by a common
interest or goal. A collection of people, even if
they are widely scattered geographically, can
have an interest or goal that binds the members
together. Example the members of a national
professional organization women who have had
mastectomies are all common-interest communities.

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Community of Solution
A type of community encountered frequently in
community health practice is a group of people
who come together to solve a problem that affects
all of them. The shape of this community varies
with the nature of the problem, the size of the
geographic area affected, and the number of
resources needed to address the problem. Such a
community has been called a community of
solution. Example a water pollution problem may
involve several counties whose agencies and
personnel must work together to control upstream
water supply, industrial waste disposal, and city
water treatment

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Populations and Aggregates
  • population refers to all of the people occupying
    an area, or to all of those who share one or
    population may more characteristics.
  • In contrast to the community, a population is
    made up of people who dont necessarily interact
    with one anther and dont necessarily share a
    sense of belonging to that group
  • A population may be defined geographically, such
    as the population of the United States or a
    citys population. This designation of a
    population is useful in community health for
    epidemiologic study and for collecting
    demographic data for purposes such as health
    planning.
  • A population also may be defined by common
    qualities or characteristics, the common
    characteristic might be any thing that thought to
    relate to health such as age, sex, race, social
    class etc


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Populations and Aggregates
  • Aggregate are people who dont have the
    relatedness necessary to constitute an
    interpersonal group buy who have one or more
    characteristics in common
  • Example
  • Aggregate can be identified by virtue of setting(
    those enrolled in a well-baby clinic
  • Demographic characteristics ( women)
  • Health status ( smokers, hypertension)


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Risk
  • Risk the probability that a disease or other
    unfavorable health condition will develop
  • At risk-population
  • Epidemiologic information is used to identify
    populations at higher risk for specific
    preventable health conditions


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THE CONCEPT OF HEALTH
  • a state of complete physical, mental, and social
    well-being and not merely the absence of disease
    or infirmity
  • Wellness Is the process of moving towered
    integrating human functioning and maximizing
    potential.
  • Wellness, includes the definition of health
    incorporates the capacity to develop one's
    potential to lead fulfilling and productive life
    can be measured in terms of quality of life.


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THE CONCEPT OF HEALTH
They also are the beginning to understand the
relationship of health to environment. . -
Wellness is the ability to adapt, to relate
effectively, and to function at near-maximum
capacity and includes- - Self-responsibility. -
Nutritional awareness. - Physical fitness. -
Stress management. - Environmental sensitivity. -
Productivity. - Expression of emotion. -
Creativity. - Personal care. - Home safety.

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  • Well-being a state of positive health or a
    person's perception concerning positive health.
  • Influences on Health
  • Many factors, influence the health including
  • - Lifestyle.
  • - Genetics.
  • The environment.
  • Florence Nightingale, explored the health and
    illness connection with the environment. She
    believed that a person's health was greatly
    influenced by ventilation, noise, light,
    cleanliness, diet, and restful bed.


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The Health Continuum WellnessIllness
  • Society suggests a polarized or either/or way
    of thinking about health people either are well
    or they are ill. Yet wellness is a relative
    concept, not an absolute, and illness is a state
    of being relatively unhealthy. There are many
    levels and degrees of wellness and illness,
    Because health involves a range of degrees from
    optimal health at one end to total disability or
    death at other, it often describes as a
    continuum.
  • It range from
  • - High level wellness.(Optimal Health)
  • - Good health.
  • - Normal health.
  • - Illness.
  • - Critical illness.
  • - Total disability or Death.


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The Health Continuum WellnessIllness

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The Health Continuum WellnessIllness
This health continuum applies not only to
individuals but also to families and communities.
A nurse might speak of a dysfunctional family,
meaning one that is experiencing a relative
degree of illness or a healthy family might be
described as one that exhibits many wellness
characteristics, such as effective communication
and conflict resolution, as well as the ability
to work together and use resources appropriately.
Likewise, a community, as a collection of people,
may be described in terms of degrees of wellness
or illness. The health of an individual, family,
group, or community moves back and forth along
this continuum throughout life.

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The Health Continuum WellnessIllness
A healthy community, first described by Cottrell
(1976) as a competent community, is one in which
the various organizations, groups, and aggregates
of people making up the community do at least
four things 1. They collaborate effectively in
identifying the problems and needs of the
community. 2. They achieve a working consensus on
goals and priorities. 3. They agree on ways and
means to implement the agreed on goals. 4. They
collaborate effectively in the required action.

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The Health Continuum WellnessIllness
Community health practice ranges over the entire
continuum it always works to improve the degree
of health in individuals, families, groups, and
communities. In particular, community health
practice emphasizes the promotion and
preservation of wellness and the prevention of
illness or disability..

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Health as a State of Being
Health refers to a state of being, including many
different qualities and characteristics. An
individual might be described in terms such as
energetic, outgoing, enthusiastic, beautiful,
caring, loving, and intense. Together, these
qualities become the essence of a persons
existence they describe a state of being.
Similarly, a specific geographic community, such
as a neighborhood, has many characteristics. It
might be characterized by the terms congested,
deteriorating, unattractive, dirty, and
disorganized. These characteristics suggest
diminishing degrees of vitality Health balance
Is a state of well-being that results from
healthy interaction between a persons body ,
mind, spirit and environment individuals want to
avoid illness and its consequences.

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Health as a State of Being
Health involves the total person or community.
All of the dimensions of life affecting everyday
functioning determine an individuals or a
communitys health, including physical,
psychological, spiritual, economic, and
sociocultural experiences. All of these factors
must be considered when dealing with the health
of an individual or community. The approach
should be holistic. A clients placement on the
health continuum can be known only if the nurse
considers all facets of the clients life,
including not only physical status but also the
status of home, family, and work.

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Subjective and Objective Dimensions of Health
Health involves both subjective and objective
dimensions that is, it involves both how people
feel (subjective) and how well they can function
in their environment (objective). Healthy people
are full of life and vigor, capable of hysical
and mental productivity. They feel minimal
discomfort and displeasure with the world around
them. Again, people experience varying degrees of
vitality and well-being. Health also involves the
objective dimension of ability to function. A
healthy individual or community carries
out necessary activities and achieves enriching
goals. unhealthy people not only feel ill but are
limited, to some degree, in their ability to
carry out daily activities. Indeed, levels of
illness or wellness are measured largely in terms
of ability to function (Roach, 2000)

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Subjective and Objective Dimensions of Health
The subjective dimension (feeling well or ill)
and the objective dimension (functioning)
together provide a clearer picture of peoples
health. When they feel well and demonstrate
functional ability, they are close to the
wellness end of the health continuum. Even those
with a disease such as arthritis or diabetes may
feel well and perform well within their capacity.
These people can be considered healthy or closer
to the wellness end of the continuum. Figure 13
depicts the relationships between the subjective
and objective views of health.

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Definition
Community health is the identification of needs
and the protection and improvement of collective
health within a geographically defined area. ANA
definition CHN is a synthesis of nursing
practice and public health practice applied to
promoting and preserving the health of
populations. The practice is general and
comprehensive. It continuing not episodic. The
dominant responsibility is to population as a
whole, nursing directed to individuals, families
or group contributes to the total population
the focus of CHN is on the prevention of illness
and the promotion and maintenance of health

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Definition
Public health is the science and art of
preventing disease, prolonging life, and
promoting health and efficiency through organized
community efforts for the sanitation of the
environment, the control of communicable
infections, the education of the individual in
personal hygiene, the organization of medical and
nursing services for the early diagnosis and
preventive treatment of disease, and the
development of the social machinery to insure
everyone a standard of living adequate for the
maintenance of health, so organizing these
benefits as to enable every citizen to realize
his birthright of health and longevity

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Definition
One of the challenges community health practice
faces is to remain responsive to the communitys
health needs. As a result, its structure is
complex numerous health services and programs
are currently available or will be developed.
Examples include health education, family
planning, accident prevention, environmental
protection, immunization, nutrition, early
periodic screening and developmental testing,
school programs, mental health services,
occupational health programs, and the care of
vulnerable populations.

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  • Major goals for community health nursing
  • Care of ill, disabled and suffering
  • Support development and well-being throughout the
    lifecycle
  • Promotion of human relatedness and mutual caring
  • Promotion of self responsibility regarding health
    and well-being
  • Promotion of relative safety in the environment
    while conversing resources


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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE Mission
of the CHN
  • These components are
  • Promotion of health,
  • prevention of health problems,
  • treatment of disorders,
  • (4) rehabilitation,
  • (5) evaluation, and
  • (6) research


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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
  • Promotion of health
  • Definition
  • action related to lifestyles and choices that
    maintain or enhance a populations health (WHO)
  • "Any combination of educational, organizational,
    economic, and environmental supports for behavior
    and conditions of living conductive to health".


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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
  • Promotion of health
  • Promotion of health is recognized as one of the
    most important components of public health and
    community health
  • practice
  • Health promotion includes all efforts
  • that seek to move people closer to optimal
    well-being
  • or higher levels of wellness. Nursing, in
    particular, has a social
  • mandate for engaging in health promotion
  • Health promotion programs and activities include
  • many forms of health educationfor example,
    teaching the
  • dangers of drug use, demonstrating healthful
    practices such
  • as regular exercise, and providing more
    health-promoting
  • options such as heart-healthy menu selections.


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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
  • Promotion of health
  • Community health promotion, then, encompasses the
    development and management of preventive health
    care services that are responsive to community
    health needs. Wellness programs in schools and
    industry are examples they are useful when they
    are accompanied by desire, opportunity, and
    resources that encourage more healthful practices.


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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
Health promotion programs and activities includes
many forms of health education- for example- -
Physical activity and fitness. - Nutrition. -
Tobacco use. - Teaching the dangers of alcohol
and drug use. - Family planning. - Mental health
and mental disorders. - Violent and abusive
behavior. - Educational and community-based
programs.

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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
  • Promotion of health
  • The goal of health promotion is to raise levels
    of wellness
  • for individuals, families, populations, and
    communities.
  • Community health efforts accomplish this goal
    through a
  • three-pronged effort to
  • 1. Increase the span of healthy life for all
    citizens
  • 2. Reduce health disparities among population
    groups
  • 3. Achieve access to preventive services for
    everyone


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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
(2) prevention of health problems Prevention of
health problems constitutes a major part
of community health practice. Prevention means
anticipating and averting problems or discovering
them as early as possible to minimize potential
disability and impairment. It is practiced on
three levels in community health (1) primary
prevention, (2) secondary prevention, and (3)
tertiary prevention(Neuman, 2001).

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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
  • (2) prevention of health problems
  • Primary Prevention Any effort done before or to
    prevent the problem to occur
  • Primary prevention obviates the occurrence of a
    health problem it includes measures taken to
    keep illness or injuries from occurring. It is
    applied to a generally healthy population and
    precedes disease or dysfunction.
  • Example
  • Genetic counseling
  • Immunization
  • Health diet and healthy lifestyle


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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
(2) prevention of health problems, primary
prevention Examples of primary prevention
activities by a community health nurse include
encouraging elderly people to install and use
safety devices (eg, grab bars by bathtubs, hand
rails on steps), to prevent injuries from falls
teaching young adults healthy lifestyle behaviors
so that they can adopt changes for a lifetime,
for themselves and their children or working
through a local health department to help control
and prevent communicable diseases such as
rubeola, poliomyelitis, or varicella by providing
regular immunization programs.

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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
(2) prevention of health problems II. secondary
prevention involves efforts to detect and treat
existing health problems at the earliest possible
stage when disease or impairment already exist.
Hypertension and cholesterol screening programs
in many communities help to identify high-risk
individuals and encourage early treatment to
prevent heart attacks or stroke. Other examples
are teaching breast and testicular
self-examination, encouraging regular
mammograms and Pap smears for early detection of
possible cancer, and providing skin testing for
tuberculosis (in infants at 1 year of age and
periodically throughout life, with increasing
frequency for high-risk groups).

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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
(2) prevention of health problems II. secondary
prevention Secondary prevention attempts to
discover a health problem at a point when
intervention may lead to its control or
eradication. This is the goal behind testing of
water and soil samples for contaminants and
hazardous chemicals in the field of community
environmental health. It also prompts community
health nurses to watch for early signs of child
abuse in a family, emotional disturbances in a
group of widows, or alcohol and drug abuse among
adolescents.

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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
(2) prevention of health problems III. Tertiary
Prevention Tertiary prevention attempts to reduce
the extent and severity of a health problem to
its lowest possible level, so as to minimize
disability and restore or preserve function.
Examples include treatment and rehabilitation of
persons after a stroke to reduce impairment,
postmastectomy exercise programs to restore
functioning, and early treatment and management
of diabetes to reduce problems or slow
their progress..

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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
(3) treatment of disorders The third component of
community health practice is treatment of
disorders. It focuses on the illness end of the
continuum and is the remedial aspect of community
health practice. This occurs by three
methods (1) direct service to people with health
problems, eg. home visits, provides an
educational program and support group for
people wanting to stop smoking or lose weight (2)
indirect service that helps people to obtain
treatment, and (3) development of programs to
correct unhealthy conditions.

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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
(3) treatment of disorders (2) indirect service
that helps people to obtain treatment eg.
assisting people with health problems to obtain
treatment. A young woman with postpartum
bleeding, assisted by the community health nurse,
can obtain an immediate appointment with a
physician at the local clinic. (3) development
of programs to correct unhealthy conditions One
community with a high incidence of alcoholism and
drug abuse initiated a chemical dependency
counseling and treatment center.

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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
(4) Rehabilitation involves efforts to reduce
disability and, as much as possible, restore
function. (5) evaluation is the process by
which that practice is analyzed, judged, and
improved according to established goals and
standards. Evaluation of health and health care
should be an integral part of every kind of
health service, from individual practice to
national and international programs.

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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
(6) Research is systematic investigation to
discover facts affecting community health and
community health practice, solve problems, and
explore improved methods of health
service. Community health practitioners conduct
and use scientific investigations at all levels,
from federal agencies such as the U. S. Public
Health Service to state and local groups
conducting research. Epidemiology (the study of
health and disease determinants and distribution
in populations) and biostatistics (the science of
statistically measuring population health
conditions) are the primary public health
measurement and analytic sciences underlying
community health practice.

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COMPONENTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTICE
(6) What the deffrences between the health
promation and health protection Individual in
health protection want to avoid illness and its
consequences .

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goal of the community health nursing
Goals
Community health nursing preserves and improves
the health of population and communities
worldwide by meeting the collective needs of the
community and societies

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CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
  • Eight characteristics of community health nursing
    are particularly salient to the practice of this
    specialty
  • it is a field of nursing
  • it combines public health with nursing
  • It is population focused
  • (4) it emphasizes prevention, health promotion,
    and wellness
  • (5) it promotes client responsibility and
    self-care
  • (6) it uses aggregate measurement and analysis
  • (7) it uses principles of organizational theory
    and
  • (8) it involves interprofessional collaboration..


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CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
. Cont.
  • it is a field of nursing
  • The two characteristics of any specialized
    nursing practice
  • are (1) specialized knowledge and skills, and (2)
    focus on a
  • particular set of people receiving the service.
    These two characteristics are true for community
    health nursing. As a specialty field of nursing,
    community health nursing adds public health
    knowledge and skills that address the needs and
  • problems of communities and aggregates and
    focuses care on
  • communities and vulnerable populations.


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CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
. Cont.
(2)it combines public health with
nursing Community health nursing, then, as a
field of nursing, combines nursing science with
public health science to formulate a
community-based and population-focused
practice (Williams, 2000). It synthesizes the
knowledge from the public health sciences and
professional nursing theories (ANA, 1999, 2000)
to improve the health of communities and
vulnerable populations.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
. Cont.
Knowledge of the following elements of public
health is essential to community health nursing
(ANA, 1999) 1. History and philosophy of public
health, including emphasis on the greatest good
for the greatest number 2. Concept of
aggregatesassessing needs, planning and
providing services, and evaluating services
impact on population groupsincluding
aggregate-level decision-making 3. Priority of
preventive, protective, and health-promoting strat
egies over curative strategies 4. Means for
measurement and analysis of community health
problems, including epidemiologic concepts
and biostatistics 5. Influence of environmental
factors on aggregate health 6. Principles
underlying management and organization
for community health, because the goal of public
health is accomplished through organized
community efforts 7. Public policy analysis and
development 8. Health advocacy and the political
process

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CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
. Cont.
(3)It is population focused The central mission
of public health practice is to improve the
health of population groups. Community health
nursing shares this essential feature it is
population focused, meaning that it is concerned
for the health status of population groups and
their environment.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
. Cont.
(4) it emphasizes prevention, health promotion,
and wellness In community health nursing, the
promotion of health and prevention of illness are
of first-order priority. There is less emphasis
on curative care. These include services to
mothers and infants, prevention of environmental
pollution, school health programs,
senior citizens fitness classes, and workers
right-to-know legislation that warns against
hazards in the workplace.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
. Cont.
(5) it promotes client responsibility and
self-care The goal of public health, to
increase quality and years of healthy life and
eliminate health disparities (UDHHS, 2000),
requires a partnership effort. Clients health
status and health behavior will not change unless
people accept and apply the proposals (developed
in collaboration with clients) presented by the
community health nurse.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
. Cont.
(5) it uses aggregate measurement and analysis
Community health nursing uses aggregate
measurement and analysis. The need to collect and
examine data on the entire population under study
before making intervention decisions is
fundamental to community health nursing in a
public health practice. Health states,
environmental factors, healthrelated services,
economic patterns, and social policy are among
the many foci of community health research and
evaluation,

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CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
. Cont.
(7) it uses principles of organizational
theory Community health nursing uses principles
from organizational theory to provide effective
administration of health care services. Public
health has long been defined as the protection
and improvement of community health through
organized community efforts. As community health
nurses carefully assess group and community
needs, establish priorities, and plan,
implement, and evaluate services, they are using
public health management and organizational
principles.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
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(8) it involves interprofessional
collaboration.. Community health nurses must work
in cooperation with other team members,
coordinating services and addressing the needs of
population groups. This interprofessional
collaboration among health care workers, other
professionals, and clients is essential for
establishing effective services and programs.
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